T Truman – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’

London based artist T Truman releases new single ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’

There’s nothing like a melancholic piano ballad to mourn the death of Rock ’n’ Roll. T Truman has crafted a squishy, crooning anthem infused with experimental, slow flange and sparkly, ethereal guitars to create a painfully deject song, but equally one of rose-tinted glasses.

Describing his wish of becoming a 60s Rock ’n’ Roll hero, knowing that those times have passed, Truman paints the blissful dream of a young musician, aware of the pressures and difficulties of a modern musician. Playful puns such as “can’t get no satisfaction living like a rolling stone” lighten this song like a soufflé as we enjoy its sweetness, fondly remembering the good ol’ days.

I’m a big fan of Truman’s contrasting lyrics throughout this song. “Rock n Roll is six feet under”, a dead-pan comment from the perspective of someone at the burial, looking to the future with a foot still firmly placed in the past. “Don’t write me off too soon” is believing in yourself, in the music you love, despite the world changing around you.

If you’re a fan of Matt Maltese, you’ll enjoy the romanticism in Truman’s lyrics, with rose-tinted glasses of a colourful 60s lifestyle and powerful crooning vocals. Huge arrangements only support this: searing synths dice the air above you, and subtly mutating flange warm the sound and create a floodgate of emotion leading into the chorus.

A soaring, euphoric bridge, propelling Rock ’n’ Roll into the stratosphere one last time. We, the listeners, mourn the loss of Rock ’n’ Roll with closure and acceptance of its passing.

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